Here's my vote for a super simple, fresh and delicious holiday side dish. Balsamic Roasted Yams and Onions. You've roasted veggies in your oven, right? If not, you are really missing out. The difference between say, boiling yams on the stove and roasting, well, in my humble opinion, they're not even comparable. Roasting brings out the sweetness in any vegetable. And it's the perfect choice if you want to enjoy yams, but are trying to save calories for other traditional treats. Like PIE :)
Balsamic Roasted Yams and Onions
adapted from Sparkpeople.com
3 onions (preferably sweet)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper
garnish with fresh herbs, if desired
Peel and cut the yams and onions into bite size chunks. Toss in a bowl with olive oil and balsamic. Pour veggies onto a jelly roll (13"x18") pan. Generously season with salt and pepper. Roast at 450 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until tender. Toss once during cooking.
-You may prep the veggies the day before and store in a container in the fridge. Toss with oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Roast before dinner. Or, you may prepare this a day or two before and refrigerate. Take out and heat up in oven or in microwave just before serving. We had these for dinner last week, and they were yummy heated up as leftovers the next day.